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Career & Technical Education


We provide opportunities for students to become productive and successful members of the community.

In order for students to become successful and productive members of society they must learn to earn. Career and Technology Education prepares students for the world of work, post-secondary education and success in their personal endeavors and relationships. CTE is an integral part of the total education program in Richmond Public Schools. Program offerings in CTE are open to all students in RPS. 

Career and Technical Education Career Clusters:

The National Career Cluster® Framework serves as an organizing tool for Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs, curriculum design and instruction.  There are 17 Career Clusters in the National Career Clusters Framework, representing 79 Career Pathways to help learners navigate their way to greater success in college and career. The framework also functions as a useful guide in helping students discover their interest, passions and post secondary pathway after high school.  Richmond Public Schools offers programs of study in most of the 17 career clusters.

17 National Career Clusters:

  • Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources
  • Architecture & Construction
  • Arts, A/V Technology & Communications
  • Business Management & Administration
  • Education & Training
  • Energy and Power 
  • Finance
  • Government & Public Administration
  • Health Science
  • Hospitality & Tourism
  • Human Services
  • Information Technology
  • Law, Public Safety, Corrections & Security
  • Manufacturing
  • Marketing
  • Science, Technology, Engineering &Mathematics
  • Transportation, Distribution & Logistics

CTE Industry Credentialing:

All of our high school CTE courses provide students the opportunity to earn an industry recognized certification related to their coursework,  In 2021-2022, Richmond Public Schools CTE students earned 1,555 industry certifications.  In the same year, 1,104 students earned one or more credentials.

Richmond Public Schools’ School Quality Report

VDOE CTE Industry Credentialing


Career and Technical Education Advisory Committee:

Our Career and Technical Education Advisory Committee is made up of representatives in our local school division, post-secondary college partners, business and workforce partners, a parent, and a student. The purpose of the advisory board is to provide counsel, direction and assistance for the Career and Technical Education programs; develop, implement and evaluate Career and Technical Education programs; and represent all aspects of industry as it relates to the 17 Career Clusters.

Mission Statement: Bring Awareness, Advocacy and Support to impact RPS, CTE Programs.


CTE Resource:

CTE Resource Center

Advance CTE: State Leaders Connecting Learning to Work

Virginia Department of Education: Career and Technical Education

Stay Connected With RPS CTE:

Generation Me Podcast: Our Podcast hosted by our Work based Learning Specialist Charlene Williams, highlights staff and students in RPS CTE.

CTE In Action Newsletter: 

Our bi-monthly newsletter highlights CTE teachers, students, events and related activities.



September - October 2022

November - December 2023

January - February 2023

March - April 2023

May - June 2023







Contact Us! 

Career & Technical Education
2020 Westwood Ave
Richmond, VA 23230
Phone: (804) 780-6472
Fax: (804) 780-7605

Rhonda Turner,
Career and Technical Education Manager

Gail Martin,
Administrative Assistant
Phone: (804) 780-7762

RPS CTE on Social Media